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Trained Service Dogs For Veterans Carmichael, CA

Veterans in Carmichael, CA receive custom-trained service animals at no cost with lifetime support.

Although military service may only be for a brief time, the psychological wounds and physical injuries suffered by Veterans can last a lifetime. Every Veteran is on a different journey. For some, each day can be a challenge. It's believed that one in five Americans who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. TBI, MST and PTSD are all conditions that can disrupt your daily life and make it difficult for you to socialize, sleep, and maintain independence.

Veterans can rely on service dogs to provide support and help them live a better quality of life. Our purpose at PAVE is to help more Veterans access the benefits of service dogs. We make a significant impact on the lives of Veterans by providing personalized training and ongoing support. If you're a Veteran who is ready to regain your independence, contact us today to learn more.

Could You Benefit From A PAVE Service Dog?

Veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities can experience complex, chronic symptoms such as nightmares, difficulty relating to others, depression, anxiety, and social withdrawal. A PAVE service dog can complete specialized tasks for Veterans to improve their quality of life. PAVE service dogs have been proven to provide support to Veterans in a variety of ways, from making basic tasks easier to providing critical support to those who face significant challenges.

  • Wake Veterans from nightmares
  • You can improve your sleep quality.
  • Increase independence 
  • Positive social interactions can be increased
  • Lower symptoms of MST, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
  • Reduce need for medications
  • Increase the quality of life for Veterans and improve their outlook
  • For everyday tasks, physical assistance
  • Reduce hypervigilance
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Our basic criteria for a PAVE service dog

  • Have a disability related to serving our country (doesn't have to be combat-related).
  • You have a diagnosis of PTSD, MST or TBI or need to receive certain physical care.
  • Currently receiving treatment from a support provider.
  • You can attend our training camp in Portland Metro, Oregon and arrange your transportation and accommodation.
  • Live in California, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington.
  • Can satisfy the mental, physical, and emotional needs of a dog.
  • You have been honorably discharged.

Please note that PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert for example). For those organizations who are specialists in these fields, please refer to ADI.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About Service Dogs for Veterans

PAVE's mission is to train and provide service dogs for our Veterans suffering from psychological and/or physical disabilities.

PAVE does not place service dogs for legally blind, hearing impaired, or medical alert dogs (seizure, diabetic alert, for example). These organizations can be found at ADI.

Yes, PAVE has been accredited as a member of Assistance Dogs International. This premier international organization promotes excellence in all aspects of assistance dog acquisition, training, partnership, and partnerships. Only three Oregon organizations currently hold accreditation.

PAVE is a non-profit organization that is 501(c). It is funded by corporate donations, private donations and grants.

It costs PAVE around $42,000 per dog, which includes lifelong follow-up training and support.

90% of every dollar goes to program expenses.

PAVE provides the service dog, the training, and ongoing support at no charge, along with the initial supply of equipment and supplies valued at over $1,500.

A service dog can take between 1.5-2 years to train.

PAVE works with Guide Dogs for the Blind and selected breeders as well as rescues/shelters.

PAVE trains Labrador Retrievers as well as Golden Retrievers.

These breeds have proven to be successful in service dog work due to their aptitude, temperament, work ethic, and overall performance.

Training commences when the dogs are accepted into our program.

Dog trainers certified in PAVE training are specialists in service dogs. They use positive reinforcement methods.

PAVE assistance dogs are trained to the specific disability needs of the individual Veteran. They may perform the following tasks depending on the Veteran's particular needs:

  • Turn lights on/off
  • Open or close doors
  • Retrieve items
  • Nightmare interrupt
  • Redirect Veterans during a PTSD episode
  • Grounding with DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy)

PAVE does not train or certify Veterans' dogs. Assistance Dogs International provides a list of organizations that provide this type of training.

These are the initial qualifications required:

  1. Honorable discharge.
  2. A licensed health professional who can offer ongoing support for people with mental and/or physically disabilities.
  3. Housing and financial stability to provide for the well-being of the service dog.

Have another Question?

Email the PAVE team at [email protected], and we’ll answer all your questions about service dogs for Veterans.

What is PAVE?

Paws Assisting Veterans, (PAVE), is committed to providing Veterans the support and care they deserve. As a non-profit service organization, we offer service dogs at no cost to Veterans and provide lifetime support. Veterans can lead a happy, independent life with the help of service dogs who have been trained to perform specific tasks.

Register for a PAVE Service Dog

Are you ready to regain your independence? 

Our team is ready to support you through the PAVE process from application to training camp with your new companion and service dog. We are dedicated to helping you live a better and more fulfilling life. Our trainers can provide professional advice and tailored training. There is no charge for your service dog, training, or ongoing support.

Start your journey with PAVE by completing the simple contact form.

We look forward to speaking with you.

Help Veterans Regain Their Freedom

Service dogs save lives. Help us to help Veterans by supporting PAVE. Your support and generosity go directly towards helping our Veterans and more donations mean more service dogs for Veterans in need.